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Electric tricycle vs electric bicycle: Which one is more cost-effective?

Electric tricycle vs electric bicycle: Which one is more cost-effective?

Electric tricycles and electric bicycles have surged in popularity in recent years as affordable and eco-friendly transportation options. But how do they compare in terms of costs, capabilities and overall value for consumers? This article will provide a detailed comparison.


Electric tricycles have a higher upfront purchase cost, typically ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. The Rad Power RadTrike retails for $1,899. In contrast, electric bicycles cost slightly less, from $800 to $1,500.

Viribus Panther Electric Mountain Bike

viribus panther electric bike

Unleash your sense of adventure and freedom with the Viribus Panther Electric Mountain Bike. Get ready to experience the ultimate thrill and conquer any terrain effortlessly.

Equipped with a powerful 350W brushless gear motor and a seamless 21-speed Shimano transmission, this bike will take you to new heights. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you effortlessly soar through awe-inspiring landscapes. Get ready for an exhilarating ride like no other.

Viribus Trio Electric Tricycle

Viribus Trio Electric Tricycle

Imagine embarking on an invigorating adventure, where you gracefully traverse through enchanting forests, with the gentle breeze caressing your face. Envision effortlessly gliding along the picturesque boardwalk of a quaint coastal town, basking in the soothing warmth of the sun on your skin.

Picture the sheer liberation of exploring your neighborhood, while conveniently stopping by your beloved bagel shop. Welcome to a world of endless possibilities with the Viribus Trio Electric Tricycle - a remarkable blend of safety, comfort, and convenience.


Thanks to their large battery capacities, electric bikes can travel longer distances on a single charge.

Viribus Panther can reach around 37 miles of range in real-world conditions.

Electric tricycles offer more limited range of 22 miles – the Viribus Trio maxes out at around 22 miles.

Loading Capacity:

With their large rear cargo area, tricycles can carry loads up to 330 lbs or more. We tested the Viribus Trio successfully carrying 400 lbs. Bicycles can only handle lightweight items up to around 40 lbs in rear racks and panniers.


The 3-wheel frame and construction of tricycles allows for greater stability and longer 5-8 year lifespan. Bicycle frames average 2-3 years before needing replacement. Tricycles also experience less vibration stress on components.


For heavy-duty cargo hauling or passenger transport needs, electric tricycles provide greater value and utility despite their higher initial costs. For lighter personal commuting, electric bikes can also be a cost-effective option. Carefully consider specific usage needs and choose the most economical option. Both e-trikes and e-bikes are eco-friendly transportation choices.

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